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NYC Bike Path Attack: How it Unfolded

A man in a rented Home Depot pickup truck killed eight people and injured 15 others Tuesday when he drove along a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial.

The damage unfolded in a matter of minutes.

At 2:06 p.m., suspect Sayullo Saipov rented a truck.

He rented it from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller said.

He entered Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge at 2:43 p.m.

At 3:04 p.m., the driver entered the bike path at Houston Street.

He drove south on the West Street pedestrian/bike path for just under a mile, mowing down pedestrians and bicyclists.

The truck hit a school bus near Chambers Street.

The driver got out of the truck brandishing what appeared to be two firearms. They were later recovered and determined to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.

Ryan Nash, an NYPD officer from Long Island, shot the suspect in the abdomen. He was taken into custody and brought to Bellevue Hospital.

By 3:08 p.m., more than a dozen 911 calls come in reporting the incident.

Over the course of about five minutes, police and dispatchers are captured on the scanner requesting units to West and Chambers streets and relaying information as it comes out.

The suspect was identified as Sayfullo Saipov.

A source identified the suspect as Sayfullo Saipov. He has a Florida license but was living in New Jersey.

Witnesses told police the suspect shouted “Allah Akbar,” which means “God is great,” when he exited the truck, a law enforcement source said.

Warning: Graphic video follows.

Officials call the attack ‘an act of terror.’

At a 5:15 p.m. news conference, officials called the attack an act of terror.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the suspect was acting as a lone wolf, and there was no evidence of a “wider plot.”

President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident at 5:30 p.m.

… followed by First Lady Melania Trump.

The President continued with additional tweets in the hours afterward.

His official statement promised a joint NYPD and FBI investigation.

Oyster Bay campaign spending passes $1M mark

The campaign committees for the Republican and Democratic candidates for town supervisor in Oyster Bay, along with the two party committees in the town, have spent $1,094,773.92 so far on the election, more than twice what was spent in 2015. Here is a breakdown based on data from the New York State Board of Elections. The 2017 figure is not final; candidates are required to submit at least one more set of spending records that is not due until after the election. Figures for the January reports in 2015 and 2017 only include expenditures from that month, to keep the comparison fair. Read more about the campaign spending here.

 2015John Venditto (R)John Mangelli (D)Town Republican CommitteeTown Democratic Committee
January Periodic$0$0$1,337.99$49.90
July Periodic$52,598.27$0$66,529.95$2,790.91
32 Day Pre General Election$71,790.65$0$37,340.99$1,841.38
11 Day Pre General Election$14,330.26$901.50$54,787.77$14,784.85
27 Day Post General Election $162,406.50$8,393.55$10,404.65$19,623.20
 2017Joseph Saladino* (R)Marc Herman (D)Town Republican CommitteeTown Democratic Committee
January Periodic$468.37$0.0$5,037.01$0
July Periodic$40,520.22$4,446.96$61,732.20$16,806.25
32 Day Pre Primary$0$0$0$22,709.33
11 Day Pre Primary$0$0$0$20,012.60
10 Day Post Primary$0$0$0$50,519.35
32 Day Pre General Election$89,345.22$35,297.70$29,610.52$25,577.28
11 Day Pre General Election$396,942.40$136,993.50$12,840.08$145,914.93

*January expenses for Saladino are from his Assembly campaign committee.

Trump vs. Clinton: Relive the drama of election night 2016

Heading into election night 2016, Hillary Clinton seemed likely to make history as the first woman elected president of the United States. The Democratic nominee and former secretary of state had a resume tailor-made for the job, and faced an unpredictable newcomer to politics, Republican Donald Trump, who made his own rules on the campaign trail.

But the night became historic for a different reason, as Trump won several critical swing states and pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever in U.S. politics.

A year later, here’s a moment-by-moment look back at that dramatic night, as told through photos, videos and the social media feeds of Newsday staff, major news organizations including The Associated Press and the candidates themselves.

Social media posts are timed according to when they were posted.

8:10 p.m. Clinton the clear favorite

Early in the night, major election forecasters The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight heavily predict a Clinton win. The Democrat holds an Electoral College lead over Trump.

8:22 p.m.

Things are looking good for Clinton as the Times makes this forecast. A minute later, FiveThirtyEight says Clinton has a 75 percent chance of winning the presidency.

8:35 p.m.

8:42 p.m. Looking to make history

With slogans like “I’m with her,” Clinton’s campaign emphasized the historic nature of her campaign. On election night, thousands of her supporters stood under the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center’s actual glass ceiling, hoping their candidate would break the most significant glass ceiling of all, the presidency.

8:43 p.m.

9:14 p.m. Clinton takes New York

9:19 p.m.

9:35 p.m. Signs of trouble for Clinton

Trump hasn’t claimed any surprising wins by this point, but there are signs of trouble for Clinton as the race is closer than expected in some key states.

9:40 p.m. Trump gains ground

9:48 p.m.

Trump tweets a memorable election night photo of himself and running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, surrounded by family members.

9:54 p.m.

Financial markets fall in Asia as they react to the possibility of a Trump presidency, the AP reports. Asian shares lose early gains, tumbling as Trump gained the lead in the electoral vote count.

10 p.m. Democrats stay optimistic

10:33 p.m.

10:37 p.m. Trump begins breakthrough

Trump takes his first major battleground state — the perennial presidential bellwether of Ohio.

10:41 p.m. Clinton still trails

Even with this victory and another that would follow in Colorado, called by the AP at 10:43, Clinton trails Trump in electoral votes 168-131, according to the wire service. Trump has won 19 states to Clinton’s 12 plus Washington, D.C.

11:05 p.m. Part 2 of a 1-2 punch

Trump strikes another big blow with his win in Florida, called at 10:50. He adds its 29 electoral votes to his tally as the tide shifts.

11:11 p.m. Trump camp’s confidence grows

Fox projected Utah for Trump well before the AP would call the state for him, at 11:52 p.m.

11:12 p.m.

Trump takes another key state.

11:20 p.m.

At this point, six AP battleground states remain available on the map — Iowa, Nevada, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — and Hillary Clinton is trailing in electoral votes.

11:36 p.m. The idea of a President Trump emerges

11:42 p.m.

11:57 p.m.

Newsday’s first edition cover is sent to press.

12:11 a.m.

12:26 a.m. ‘Just shock’

After Tuesday becomes Wednesday, Trump claims Iowa while Clinton gets a victory in Nevada. But her prospects for the presidency are dimming.

1 a.m.

1:21 a.m.

1:23 a.m.

1:31 a.m. Nearing the presidency

1:50 a.m.

With Pennsylvania in his column, Trump just needs six more electoral votes to be elected president.

Just after 2 a.m. ‘She is not done yet’

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta makes brief remarks at the Javits Center but offers no concession. “She’s done an amazing job and she is not done yet,” he says of his candidate.

2:13 a.m.

2:31 a.m. Trump elected 45th president

Trump wins Wisconsin — a state that had not gone red in a presidential race since 1984 — and in turn the White House. The AP officially calls the presidential election for Trump at 2:29 a.m.

2:39 a.m.

2:40 a.m.

Newsday’s second edition cover is sent to press.

2:44 a.m. Clinton supporters mourn

Around 2:45 a.m. Trump appears before supporters

Trump addressed supporters for about 15 minutes. Watch his full remarks in this video from ABC News.

2:52 a.m.

2:58 a.m.

Many Clinton supporters remain in shock over the upset. Americans would eventually find out that Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

3:22 a.m.

Newsday’s third edition cover — its last of the night, with a photo of President-elect Trump giving a thumbs-up after his victory — is sent to press.

With The Associated Press

COLLEGE FINANCING 101 – Understanding and Affording College Tuition

COLLEGE FINANCING 101 – Understanding and Affording College Tuition

For parents of college-bound students, understanding how to finance tuition has become an education unto itself. To clarify the options and help simplify the process, Newsday conducted an in-depth seminar to help educate parents and students on financing a college education. The hour-long seminar was held at the Newsday corporate headquarters in Melville, New York.

Experts in admissions and financial aid, New York State loans and grants, as well loan officers from our sponsor, Island Federal Credit Union, provided important information every incoming freshman and their parents should know. With a program so rich in useful content, Newsday and Island Federal Credit Union wanted to bring College Financing 101 to the broader public.

Here, you will find a series of video tutorials on financing a college education for the 2018-2019 school year. You will also find a list of important links and resources to continue your education in college financing.


College Financing 101: The Cliff Notes Overview, Larry Dunn, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Island Federal Credit Union

This video, introduced by Larry Dunn, Senior Director of Marketing & Sales for Island Federal Credit Union provides a “Cliff Notes” version of the hour-long College Financing 101 seminar for Long Island parents and students. It top-lines the purpose of the seminar, introduces the panel of speakers and offers a synopsis of each of their topics and talks. Best viewed in tandem with the other topic-specific video segments.

Supplemental Financing and Scholarships—Timothy Aaraas, Director of Retail Lending, Island Federal Credit Union

Financing a college education is top of mind for any high school student or parent of a high school student. As the Director of Lending for Island Federal Credit Union, Tim will discuss credit union loan options and their Student Choice partner that can help families afford the “gap” between federal loan options and the actual cost of tuition, as well as alternate means of supplemental financing such as Home Equity Lines Of Credit. In addition, Tim will talk specifically about Island Federal Credit Union’s long-standing scholarship program that defines the credit union’s philosophy of “people helping people” by offering $50,000 to help meet rising college costs and ease the burden on Long Island families. Since 1992, Island Federal Credit Union has given away 294 scholarships totaling $540,000 dollars to deserving students. In 2018, Island Federal Credit Union will award eleven scholarships, 3 at the $10,000 level and 8 at $2,500 each.

Understanding and Applying for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship Program—Diane Kazanecki-Kempter, Director of Student Financial Services, SUNY Farmingdale

2017 marked the first year of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, a first-of-its-kind in the nation program, to provide tuition-free education at New York’s public colleges and universities. As Director of Financial Aid at SUNY Farmingdale, Ms. Kazanecki-Kempter will discuss requirements and eligibility, and advise parents and students how – and when – to fill out the forms. Ms. Kazanecki-Kempter will also share her experiences to help scholarship seeking seniors avoid common pitfalls, and how to maintain this tuition-free program throughout a four-year college term.

Getting the Most from Your School/Guidance Counseling Office—Barbara Donnellan Ed.D Coordinator of Guidance, Lindenhurst Public Schools

In this informative session, Dr. Donnellan will discuss, through her experience and anecdotes, how parents and high school seniors should work with their school guidance counseling office to understand and approach the college admission process. More importantly, Dr. Donnellan will speak to the mindset and approach to financing a college education, and urge parents to handle the process as they would any other large purchase: with forethought, knowledge and a clear understanding of the process.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

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Founded in 1955, Island Federal Credit Union has grown to be among the top performing credit unions in New York State with over $1.3 billion in assets, serving more than 38,000 members. Island Federal Credit Union’s successful track record can be attributed to consistently delivering the best rates, no hidden fees, and exceptional service to its members.

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How tight is the race for Nassau executive?

Who will Nassau County voters choose for county executive on Nov. 7? Democrat Laura Curran, Republican Jack Martins or Green Party candidate Cassandra Lems? Here is a breakdown of answers to that question posed in a Newsday/Siena Poll. The survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points, involved 742 Nassau registered voters from Oct. 17-22. Mouse over the bars for details, and see the table below for all the categories on the first rating question. And you can read more about the Nassau race here.

The choices

  • Curran
  • Martins
  • Lems
  • Don't know/No opinion

All voters, and then by gender and age

By education and income

CurranMartinsLemsNo opinion
  Under 5541%46%4%10%
  55 +43%42%3%13%
  Independent / Other38%38%4%20%
  No college37%46%2%15%
  College degree45%41%3%10%

Javascript charts via amCharts. Table via Tableizer

Long Island opinion on the Trump presidency

What do Long Islanders think of Donald Trump more than nine months into his presidency? Here is a breakdown of answers to that question posed in a Newsday/Siena Poll. The survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points, involved 1,007 registered voters from Oct. 17-22. Mouse over the bars for details, and see the table below for all the categories on the first rating question. There is also a chart below showing responses to questions about how Trump is handling five situations. And you can read more about the Trump poll results here.

The ratings

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor
  • No opinion

How would you rate the job that Donald Trump is doing as president?

By Ethnicity and Income

And how would you rate Trump on dealing with 5 challenges

Respondents were asked to rate the president on the following: handling natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; creating jobs; working collaboratively with Congress; keeping America safe from terrorism; and addressing the conflict between the United States and North Korea.

Here are breakdowns on the question “How would you rate the job that Donald Trump is doing as president? The “Don’t know/No opinion” data, which ranges from 1 percent to 3 percent, are not listed, and the percentages are rounded off.

  Independent/ Other13%18%23%43%
  No college17%20%19%43%
  College degree12%16%19%51%

Javascript charts via amCharts; table via Tableizer.

Long Island’s Cutest Baby Contest Entry Form

Cutest Baby Contest Entry Form

Thank you so much for entering the Cutest Baby Contest. The entry period is now closed. Be sure to check back on November 13 to start voting for your little one.

Readers can vote 12:01 a.m. on November 13, 2017 through noon on November 20, 2017.

Read the official contest rules.

Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota’s career


Serves as an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County. Includes stint as chief of homicide bureau, where he prosecuted high-profile cases, including the murder of 13-year-old John Pius in Smithtown. That case featured teenage witness and later Spota protégé James Burke, who would go on to work as Spota’s chief investigator before becoming Suffolk police’s chief of department in 2012.


James McCready hugs his attorney Spota after he's ruled a free man on May 25, 1993.

Works in private practice. Gains political prominence representing county law enforcement unions.


Switches party affiliation from Republican to Democrat to run for Suffolk district attorney against longtime Republican DA James Catterson. After bruising campaign, Spota wins by a large margin.


Releases grand jury report on sexual abuse by 58 priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre dating back decades. Wins national attention for issuing one of the first such reports in the country.


Suffolk County Democratic chairman Rick Schaffer congratulates Spota after he received the Republican party's nomination for reelection.

Wins first re-election, without an opponent and endorsed by all major and minor parties.


Wins conviction of Islip Town Supervisor Peter McGowan, a Republican, on corruption charges stemming from illegal use of $1.2 million campaign fund.


Wins second re-election, again without an opponent and endorsed by all major and minor parties.


Brokers deal with County Executive Steve Levy that results in Levy not seeking a third term and turning over his $4 million campaign war chest to Spota’s office. Spota closes a criminal investigation into Levy’s fundraising. Neither Spota nor Levy has ever provided a detailed explanation of the agreement.


The state’s highest court rules that Suffolk’s 12-year term limit does not apply to the district attorney’s office, allowing Spota to run for a fourth term. He again receives cross-endorsements from all major parties, defeats a GOP primary challenger and wins re-election.


Secures guilty plea of Suffolk information technology commissioner Donald Rodgers on misdemeanor counts related to his failing to disclose business interests on his county financial disclosure form and his work on a multimillion-dollar county software deal.


Begins investigating then-Babylon Democratic chairman Robert Stricoff for alleged irregularities in campaign committee expenses. He later refers the case to the state Board of Elections.


Burke is joined at a news conference by Burke, center. Credit: James Carbone

His protégé Burke is charged by federal prosecutors with beating a man who had broken into his SUV and then orchestrating a departmentwide cover-up. Burke pleaded guilty and later is sentenced to 46 months in federal prison.


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stands on the steps of Spota’s office and asks for his resignation, saying Spota was heading a “criminal enterprise” that used the prosecutor’s office to punish enemies and protect friends. Spota accuses Bellone of having a “personal vendetta against me for investigating and prosecuting people he is close to.”


Newsday reports that federal prosecutors had opened a criminal investigation into the actions of Spota’s office, including handling of the Levy and Burke cases, those involving Stricoff and Rodgers, and a 2011 shooting of an unarmed cabdriver by an off-duty Nassau police officer who had been drinking heavily and was never charged. Spota has denied wrongdoing.

May 12, 2017

Spota announces he will not seek a fifth term.

Oct. 25, 2017

Spota is indicted on federal charges in a cover-up of Burke’s assault of a suspect in 2012.

Nick Fanti: Life in the minors

'I knew he was special'

Chapter 1

'I knew he was special'

When Nick Fanti began playing baseball as a child, he didn't want to go anyway near the pitcher's mound. By his senior year at Hauppauge High School, the lefthander was attracting scouts for his pitching ability. Now he'll try to use that to get to the majors.

Lakewood BlueClaws/Mike Dill

The Fanti famiglia

Chapter 2

The Fanti famiglia

As the youngest of five and the only boy in the Fanti family, Nick Fanti said it was like he had five moms growing up. The tight-knit group made an effort to travel the 120 miles from Hauppauge to Lakewood, New Jersey, to see Fanti pitch as often as possible. Fanti also had support from his host family, the Hoffmans, who are BlueClaws season-ticket holders.

Lakewood BlueClaws/Mike Dill

'Can you do it in three months?'

Chapter 3

'Can you do it in three months?'

Lakewood pitching coach Brian Sweeney, who's also the coach for Team Italy, asked Nick Fanti, 20, if he would be able to pitch in the World Baseball Classic in three or four years. Then in December 2016, Sweeney asked Fanti if he could pitch in the 2017 WBC in March. Fanti threw a scoreless inning and struck out Mets utility man T.J. Rivera in his lone relief appearance against Puerto Rico.

WBC Inc.

The no-hitter

Chapter 4

The no-hitter

Fanti made a name for himself on Long Island when he threw back-to-back no-hitters in high school. On May 6, he added his first professional combined no-hitter when he went 8 2/3 innings without giving up a hit against the Columbia Fireflies. His roommate, Trevor Bettencourt, closed out the game with a strikeout to preserve the no-no. Two months later, Fanti tossed a no-hitter of his own against the Charleston RiverDogs.

Lakewood BlueClaws/Mike Dill

The last game

Chapter 5

The last game

After the BlueClaws beat the Kannapolis Intimidators in the final game of the season, Fanti said goodbye to his teammates, fans and host family and headed back to Long Island for the offseason -- one step closer toward achieving his dream.

Lakewood BlueClaws / Mike Dill

Long Island unemployment rates for September 2017

The overall unemployment rate on Long Island for September 2017 was 4.2 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point from where it was a year earlier, according to data from the state’s Department of Labor. Hempstead Village had the highest rate on the Island, at 4.9 percent, just 0.1 percentage points behind New York City.

Glen Cove and Southampton had the lowest rate — 3.8 percent — but Glen Cove had risen 0.2 percentage points to that number while Southampton had fallen 0.2 percentage points. You can read more about Long Island unemployment here.

Local jobless rates for September

Details on the monthly unemployment rates

September 2017Labor ForceEmployedUnemployedRate (%)
Nassau County708,600679,20029,4004.1
Freeport Village22,90021,8001,1004.6
Glen Cove City14,20013,6005003.8
Hempstead Town403,900386,50017,4004.3
Hempstead Village27,70026,4001,4004.9
Long Beach City19,80019,0008003.9
North Hempstead Town114,200109,8004,4003.9
Oyster Bay Town156,500150,2006,2004.0
Rockville Centre Village12,30011,7005004.2
Valley Stream Village19,90019,0009004.6
Suffolk County785,900752,30033,6004.3
Babylon Town113,100107,8005,4004.7
Brookhaven Town256,800245,70011,1004.3
Huntington Town105,600101,4004,3004.0
Islip Town180,700172,9007,8004.3
Lindenhurst Village15,50014,8007004.6
Riverhead Town16,20015,5007004.4
Smithtown Town60,80058,3002,5004.0
Southampton Town29,20028,1001,1003.8
New York City4,258,0004,045,100212,9005.0
New York State9,738,1009,276,900461,2004.7
August 2017Labor ForceEmployedUnemployedRate (%)
Nassau County710,100680,00030,1004.2
Freeport Village23,00021,8001,2005.0
Glen Cove City14,20013,7006004.0
Hempstead Town405,000387,00018,1004.5
Hempstead Village27,90026,4001,5005.3
Long Beach City19,80019,1007003.7
North Hempstead Town114,300109,9004,4003.8
Oyster Bay Town156,800150,4006,3004.0
Rockville Centre Village12,30011,8005004.1
Valley Stream Village20,00019,1001,0004.9
Suffolk County790,200753,90036,3004.6
Babylon Town113,900108,0005,9005.2
Brookhaven Town258,600246,30012,4004.8
Huntington Town105,800101,6004,3004.0
Islip Town182,000173,3008,7004.8
Lindenhurst Village15,70014,8008005.3
Riverhead Town16,20015,5007004.4
Smithtown Town60,90058,4002,4004.0
Southampton Town29,20028,1001,1003.8
New York City4,236,5004,019,800216,6005.1
New York State9,728,6009,256,000472,6004.9
September 2016Labor ForceEmployedUnemployedRate (%)
Nassau County695,500666,70028,7004.1
Freeport Village22,50021,4001,1004.9
Glen Cove City13,90013,4005003.6
Hempstead Town396,400379,40017,0004.3
Hempstead Village27,20025,9001,3004.9
Long Beach City19,50018,7008004.0
North Hempstead Town112,200107,8004,4003.9
Oyster Bay Town153,500147,5006,0003.9
Rockville Centre Village12,00011,5005004.2
Valley Stream Village19,50018,7008004.3
Suffolk County772,400738,70033,7004.4
Babylon Town111,200105,8005,3004.8
Brookhaven Town252,600241,30011,3004.5
Huntington Town103,70099,5004,1004.0
Islip Town177,600169,8007,8004.4
Lindenhurst Village15,20014,5007004.6
Riverhead Town15,90015,2007004.6
Smithtown Town59,70057,3002,4004.0
Southampton Town28,70027,6001,2004.0
New York City4,141,3003,919,200222,2005.4
New York State9,554,9009,083,500471,4004.9